It has been a little over a year now since I jumped into the world of essential oils.
I haven’t regretted that decision one bit (actually, my only regret is not looking into it more 8 years ago when I first heard about Young Living) and I’m excited about sharing “oily” ideas with you guys!
For our family, essential oils have replaced our air fresheners, our cleaning solutions, and even our medicine cabinet.
Like many others, we have used essential oils to detox our home, and I’m thrilled to share with you something new that we’ll be doing to keep harmful chemicals off of our new family member… Rosie! Isn’t she adorable?!? That’s her at the top of this post.
She’s a lab mix that we got from the animal shelter and y’all… we had no idea what we were getting into with a lab.
But she’s learning quickly, and while she definitely has her crazy moments, she’s a really good dog that we are just thrilled to have (except for those times that she’s pulling on the kids’ clothes to try to get them to play with her – we haven’t figured out how to break that habit yet so tips are very appreciated).
Since we’re new to the pet world, I’ve been doing a lot of reading and research about pets and one of the things that disturbed me was just how controversial the chemicals in flea collars are.
Here’s what Organic Gardening said about a recent report from the National Resources Defense Council….
“many name-brand collars on store shelves contain chemicals that can harm pets and their owners, and the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) isn’t doing anything to stop them.
The report honed in on two particular chemicals, tetrachlorvinphos (TCVP) and propoxur, used on national brands of flea collars, including Hartz and Zodiac. TCVP belongs to the class of nerve-damaging chemicals known as organophosphates, most of which are so hazardous that they’ve been banned for residential use or for use on pets. Propoxur belongs to a class of chemicals called carbamates, which also cause nerve damage, and it’s on California’s Proposition 65 list of chemicals known to cause cancer. NRDC was particularly concerned with exposure among toddlers and children, who pet animals and then put their hands in their mouths.” Source: Organic Gardening
Those chemicals are definitely not something I feel good about having on our dog, much less around our kids who are playing with her and petting her!
So instead, I did a little research and found an awesome recipe for a flea collar made with essential oils! This recipe is from The Complete Book Of Essential Oils and Aromatherapy by Valerie Anne Worwood.
DIY Flea Collar With Essential Oils
1/2 teaspoon Rubbing Alcohol
1 drop Cedarwood Essential Oil
1 drop Lavender Essential Oil
1 drop Citronella Essential Oil
1 drop Thyme Essential Oil
4 garlic oil capsules
Get any collar that’s made of material (i.e. no chains) and soak it in the above mixture.
Lay it out to dry.
Once it’s dry, place it on your animal’s neck.
Repeat process at least once per month. (Depending on where you live and how often your dog is in flea-infested environments.)
You can also use essential oils in a spray bottle as a flea repellent!
Just mix 1/2 cup of distilled water, a drop or two of Thieves soap or castille soap, and 8-16 drops (total) of your preferred essential oils that fleas hate.
Here’s a list of flea-repelling oils:
Eucalyptus radiata, Melaleuca alternifolia (Tea Tree), Lemongrass, Pine, Cedarwood, Peppermint, Lemon, Lavender, Orange, Melrose, Palo Santo, Thyme, and Citronella.
If you’re new to essential oils, what might be best is to start off with the Purification essential oil blend that’s in the Premium Essential Oils Starter Kit. Purification contains citronella, lemongrass, rosemary, Melaleuca alternifolia, lavender, and myrtle so there are several of the flea-repelling oils in there.